Richard C. Weiler
Coach Weiler proved to be an invaluable force behind Pingry’s lacrosse and swimming teams—the 1961 Lacrosse Team and 1961-1962 Swimming Team are both enshrined in Pingry’s Athletic Hall of Fame. His teams compiled impressive records season after season. Many of his students play for varsity teams in college, and three of his lacrosse players were named All-American in college. He was instrumental in establishing lacrosse at Pingry in 1956 and became head coach of the varsity team in 1959. During the next decade, the team’s record was 70 wins and 34 losses, earning him the highest winning percentage of any Pingry lacrosse coach. That record included eight consecutive winning seasons, six consecutive Interstate Lacrosse League championships, and seven consecutive Rutgers Trophies. The annual Richard C. Weiler Lacrosse Award was established in 1973. As head coach of the varsity swimming team from 1960 to 1974, he achieved a winning record every year with a total of 121 wins and 46 losses. The 1962 team was victorious in the Union County Interscholastic Swimming Meet and Triangular Meet. His commitment to Pingry sports continued long after his tenure with the varsity teams. He coached Pingry’s middle school lacrosse teams until he retired in 1993 and volunteered for five more years as a middle school assistant coach.